It’s National Bird Week this week. Here’s a link to the crowd that organise it –
Apparently the idea originated many years ago when a day in late October was designated ‘Bird Day’. This year the official ‘week’ ends on 26th. The organisers have invited us all to take part in a ‘bird count’ in our back yards or local park – there’s still time, and it’s not hard, if you are interested. I heard about it on the radio and have been taking the camera with me and photographing birds this week in order to have pictures to add to this post. However they are not particularly fantastic shots – birds are hard to photograph! They are twitchy – no sooner do you get within range than they fly off – and they are small. My camera doesn’t do them justice. Nonetheless, it has been lovely to make a point of looking at them rather than just having them in the background of daily life, chirping and flitting about.
One of my favourite birds – and I know I am not alone in this – is the magpie. I just love its song, so I thought that in addition to my pictures (below) and the guest picture from the internet (above), I would put a link to a video of magpies singing – http://vimeo.com/19624889 There are many other versions on the internet if you don’t live locally or you can go outside and listen if you do!